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Robert Morris tabs Bernard Clark as head football coach

Jerry DiPaola
| Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Former Miami (Fla.) standout and Pitt linebackers coach Bernard Clark was named the third head football coach in Robert Morris history Tuesday.
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Former Miami (Fla.) standout and Pitt linebackers coach Bernard Clark was named the third head football coach in Robert Morris history Tuesday.

More than one emotion ran through Bernard Clark on Tuesday after he was named the third football coach in Robert Morris history.

“I'm very excited, and just a little bit nervous, about this opportunity to be a head coach for the first time,” Clark said in a statement released by the school. “But mostly I'm excited. I look forward to working with the young men at Robert Morris and helping them grow in more ways than just as football players.”

Clark comes to Robert Morris with credentials as a player and coach.

He played linebacker for three years with the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks and won two national championships at Miami.

He also was Pitt's linebackers coach under Dave Wannstedt in 2010 and has been on Albany coach Greg Gattuso's staff for the past four seasons, most recently as defensive coordinator.

“We're close friends, and we've been doing this together a long time,” said Gattuso, also a former Pitt assistant. “He's a talented coach and definitely ready to be a head coach. I'm excited for him that he's getting this opportunity. He's going to do a great job at Robert Morris.”

Clark's Albany defense ranked ninth in FCS last season holding opponents to just 282.1 yards per game — 107.0 rushing (15th in the nation) and 175.1 passing (20th). Albany's defense finished in the top 20 in eight categories.

“We are very excited to begin the next chapter of RMU football with coach Clark leading the way,” Robert Morris director of athletics Craig Coleman said. “He has proven to be an excellent coach over the years, and more importantly, an exceptional molder of young men. Our current and future student-athletes will benefit greatly from his leadership.”

Robert Morris will introduce Clark at a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon.

Clark replaces former RMU coach John Banaszak, who resigned last month after four seasons. Robert Morris finished 2-9 this season, last in the Northeast Conference.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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